Is Martin Scorsese about to stir up some more controversy with his new Jesus film?
When Martin Scorsese released The Last Temptation of Christ in 1988, it stirred up quite a lot of controversy. The movie faced mass protests, condemnation from TV evangelists who claimed Scorsese was destined for hell. There was even a terrorist attack on a French cinema that screened the film. But this hasn't stopped the master director from producing another religious film.
Scorsese recently announced his plan to make another film about Jesus following a meeting with Pope Francis during a post-Cannes tour in Italy.
As reported by Variety, Scorsese said, "I have responded to the Pope's call to artists by creating a screenplay and imagining a film about Jesus."
He further hinted that he was ready to begin filming.
Scorcese's film The Last Temptation of Christ was adapted from Nikos Kazantzakis' book and it featured Jesus dealing with various temptations.
Despite receiving criticism for blasphemy, those who actually watched the film recognized it as a thought-provoking depiction of faith, and over time, the controversy surrounding it has waned. Considering the reception of The Last Temptation, it would be interesting to see Scorsese's approach to a film about Jesus after all these years.
Scorsese has not provided specific details about the type of film he intends to create. It's possible that he might pursue an unconventional religious movie that complements his earlier work rather than replacing it entirely.